He is responsible for the redefinition of how a glamorous woman should look like by deconstructing garments and turning them into something bizarrely beautiful. The designs are quiet, with subdued palettes and minimal (or devoid of) embellishments, often combining elements of Parisian couture and Japanese traditional costume.
For me, acquiring the self-titled book recently (produced by Assouline and written by the late François Baudot - the notable French writer, art and fashion critic who tragically committed suicide at the age of sixty) is a small step to understanding the complexity and the richness of his masterpieces. It is not my place to describe his creations in detail, as that would seemingly be a futile attempt. But as I mentioned repeatedly in this blog, I'd like to grow old clothed in Yohji Yamamoto.